Unfortunately, Heart Disease is not something that can be cured. But with appropriate management, we can help give them a long and comfortable life. There have been a lot of improvements and discoveries in how we can best manage Heart Disease in dogs and cats.
If a heart murmur is detected, chest x-rays or cardiac ultrasound has been performed, and a diagnosis of MVD has been determined, then we recommend starting heart medications. This may seem strange when your pet appears otherwise normal, and medications won’t cause obvious and noticeable changes. But medications are very important in slowing the progression of the disease, even if you can’t see any changes from the outside. Recent studies have shown that starting medications early in the disease process (Grades B1 and B2) significantly increases your pet’s life expectancy and delays the onset of Congestive Heart Failure by up to 15 months!!
Over time, heart disease will inevitably worsen regardless of treatment. Our aim, with the help of medication, is to reduce the rate of degeneration, increase life expectancy, and increase quality of life for the animal.